Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Kris Kristofferson [Photo Credit: Jim Gavenus]

Have you been to Merlefest yet this year? If so, who drew you in? Who was your favorite musical act this year? I know that many people were really excited to see Kris Kristofferson and Robert Earl Keen. If you missed the shows or if you just want a refresher, check out the Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson setlist below!

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

MerleFest kicked off its 31st annual homecoming of musicians and music fans with an all-star lineup Thursday, April 26th. The festival returned to the rolling hills of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, with a legendary first-time MerleFest performance from Kris Kristofferson, backed by The Strangers (Merle Haggard’s original backing band and son Ben Haggard). Also on the mainstage, Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen, funky-roots outfit Shinyribs, Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Kruger Brothers, and Latin-tinged country group The Mavericks. Fans were also treated to performances by Aaron Burdett, Banknotes, Donna The Buffalo, and The Mastersons.

Click here for a full list of Thursday’s performances.

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Kris Kristofferson [Photo Credit: Jim Gavenus]

Kris Kristofferson Setlist

-Shipwrecked in the 80’s
-That’s The Way Love Goes
-Darby’s Castle
-Me and Bobby McGee
-Here Comes That Rainbow
-Help Me Make It Through The Night
-Okie From Muskogee
-Casey’s Last Ride
-Loving Her Was Easier
-Just the Other Side of Nowhere
-Sing Me Back Home
-The Pilgrim
-Jesus Was A Capricorn
-Stay Here And Drink
-Sunday Morning Coming Down
-For The Good Times
-A Moment of Forever
-Why Me

Encore:
-Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Robert Earl Keen [Photo Credit: Ryan Case]

Robert Earl Keen Setlist

-Hot Corn
-Shades
-Feelin’ Good Again
-Twisted Laurel
-Copenhagen
-Bass
-If I Were King
-Man Behind Drums
-I Gotta Go
-Road

About MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her furbabies and her massive collection of Disney memorabilia.

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